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“This year’s Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship has been extended to run over the school holiday period so children can take as much time as they need to write their story.  Entries need to be received by 22 August,” said Ms Brewer.
 
Children can win up to $11,750 in the competition by writing a story of between 250-350 words that starts with the sentence, “I used to believe…”
 

 

  • Wow I love reading this it has given me so many ideas on encouraging miss 7 away from the electronics

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  • This house becomes craft central over the holidays, funny how they change as they get older and want to do more hands on stuff

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  • I’m pleased to say that our holidays have been so far largely screen free. My son attended the first week at a holiday program and the second week at a camp where phones, iPads etc aren’t allowed.

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  • Getting the kids to read a book or do some craft work is a great way for them to have down time

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  • Instead of electronics in cars on longer trips my son and I have now introduced a quiz game that we both love. It is very educational for him. He will ask me the answers to things he has learnt at school and I ask him questions like “what is the capital of Australia,” etc. I love it and so does he. He is a chip off the old block I think.

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  • My kids had no technology until they were in year 6. They did not even ask for it.
    We had many games and craft books and I would buy them canvas and wood so
    they could build cubby houses in the school holidays. Kids would ask to come and
    play with my kids as they had the freedom of imagination. Water play with bags of clean
    sand and soil to make mud pies and garden soup. The girls made fairy gardens and we made
    our own bow and arrows and targets. Ball play was always on the a gender and walks to the park. We went on park hunts walking from one to the other taking our back-packs and then the bus home if we strayed too far by the end of the day. Bush walking in our area is always fun. I would like to mention that the fresh air and fun made them sleep well at night!

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  • My kids are too young for the competition, but I agree with the principle.

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  • Thankyou for posting this. I’m going to get my 10yr old son to enter.

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  • Such a great idea, technology has just taken over now, gone are the days when kids used to play outside in the street with other children..

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  • a very interesting read and something to think about

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  • Interesting

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  • As a mother of three amazing children I find it very hard trying to keep them busy. My husband and I do not allow the to have any technology apart from alittle tv in the morning. My two older children love doing arts and crafts, lego and playing outside. The image they have is amazing. But I am really worried when they go to school they will be the odd ones out as they do not know about any computers.

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  • when its cold out side, try a indoor picnic, spread a rug, place the food, surround the rug with some comfy cushions and sit or lay down and read a good book with delicious food to eat at will.

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  • While computers are now a part of everyday life, and are an invaluable learning tool, it’s also good for children to be aware of activities that don’t involve computers. Craft, cooking, reading books, playing games, writing, gardening, all sorts of things can be enjoyed by children of all ages. And it’s good practice for any interruptions to power supply … less wailing of “now what are we going to do” if the power goes out.

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  • My kids get online to read books, learn & explore our world, space.
    They also read books & learn too though

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